Oil painting on canvas
Size : 29.5" x 39.5"
The painting is in good condition
The measurement with the frame is 34" x 44"
Signed on the back of the painting "Emma Focacci", address of her studio and anther info...
Emma Focacci, a painter and miniaturist about whom little is known. Born in 1882, in Florence where she spent most of her life, except for a brief period of time that she spent in the United States of America escaping from the fascist dictatorship of Mussolini.
After the Second World War she must have moved to her hometown where she dedicated herself to painting in miniature copies of the famous paintings of the Italian Renaissance such as the Velada lady by Rafael Sanzio from the Pitti gallery, the Simoneta de Vespuci by Piero di Cosimo from the Condé museum de Chantilly , the Beatrice d'Este by Leonardo da Vinci from the Ambrosiana art gallery in Milan, the Virgin of the Adoration by Filippo Lippi, or the three intertwined graces of spring by Sandro Boticelli from the Pitti gallery.
The miniature reproduction that Emma Focacci made as a means of surviving in the harsh post-war period, intended mainly for visitors to the Medici city as a souvenir of her time there, was combined with miniature portraits of greater creative ambition.
Emma Focacci was a humble artist, having to make copies, decorative flower paintings and reproduction miniatures of the Renaissance masters of the Uffici gallery that she regularly visited to earn a living in the harsh post-war times in an apartment located at number 47 of via Arnolfo in the Tuscan capital, and when circumstances allowed, she made extraordinary portraits of neighbors and friends who entrusted her with their portraits and that is where she reaches her true mastery.